Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The IQ City Car

Yesterday was the first day of the 2010 New York Auto Show, and as you could expect, it was filled with interesting announcements. One of the first came from Toyota’s youth-oriented brand, Scion, which revealed the 2011 iQ city car.

As you may know, the Toyota iQ has been around for quite some time, but is just now reaching US shores, badges as a Scion. The visual style hasn’t been changed all that much, and besides the new badge, it is quite similar to its European and Japanese brothers.

Busting rumors that it might appear as a hybrid, the Scion iQ will only be powered by a 1.3-liter gasoline engine of undisclosed performance (we’re betting around 90-100 HP). No other details were given, but it’s a safe bet that in terms of fuel average it will be upper 30s, and will also get a CVT gearbox.

Lots of safety features, including 10 airbags, will be included in the small city car, and you can certainly expect Toyota to market it aggressively towards the younger crowd. Expect the 2011 Scion iQ to debut in dealerships this fall.

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